A $19.9 million project to replace five bridges on I-235 in Wichita between Zoo Boulevard and K-96 was approved as part of the Feb. 17 KDOT letting. Dondlinger & Sons from Wichita will be the prime contractor. The two new bridges over the Arkansas River and the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway Canal on the southbound lanes of I-235 will be constructed in 2016, with the roadway being fully re-opened to traffic late this fall. Work will resume next spring to construct the two new bridges on northbound I-235 over the Arkansas River and the Floodway Canal, as well as the 25th Street overpass over I-235.
The project will utilize the “Smart Work Zone” system to better handle the traffic flow through the construction zone. A Smart Work Zone consists of a group of devices that work together, using software to automatically detect traffic conditions and respond using preprogrammed messages on travel times and slowed/stopped traffic conditions through the work zone, to provide advance traffic condition information to motorists approaching the work zone.
To see more details about the 11 projects approved in last month’s letting, click here.